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Everything You Need to Know About Adhesive-Back Cards

Read this article to learn about the advantages of using adhesive-back cards.

Printing card information on older clamshell proximity cards can be tricky. Their thickness and uneven surface make them incompatible with some ID card printers. To work around this problem, card information is usually printed on adhesive-back cards and then applied to the access card’s surface.Adhesive-Backed Cards

Also called sticky-back cards, adhesive-back cards come in two types: Paper and Mylar.

A paper-back sticky card has a very thin paper layer attached to the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) card. This is where the printer prints card information. Because of its thinness, the card sometimes flexes as it heats up during the printing process and jams the printer. Mylar-back adhesive cards, on the other hand, are generally preferred because they are thicker and are more rigid compared to their paper counterparts, resulting to fewer printing problems.

In terms of size, you can purchase the cards in CR-79 and CR-80 sizes. CR-79 sized cards are smaller and measure 3.303 x 2.051 inches. CR-80 sized cards have the same size as a regular credit card measuring 3.375 x 2.125 inches.

When buying sticky-back cards, it is imperative that you to buy the same brand of cards as your printer to ensure 100% compatibility. carries adhesive-back cards from popular brands including Fargo, Zebra, and DataCard.

For assistance in finding the right adhesive-back card for your card printer, send us an e-mail or call our expert ID professionals at 1-800-667-1772.

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